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The Musical Half of the Kardashian Family Release Debut Album (WATCH)

Shira Lazar | Posted 06.02.2013 | Entertainment
Shira Lazar

Californian music duo Brandon & Leah treat the What's Trending studio to a live performance of their song, "Showstopper," widely known as the theme song from Kourtney & Kim Take Miami.

Skylar Grey Teases Her Upcoming Album with Eminem and Takes Reddit Caption Contest

Shira Lazar | Posted 04.29.2013 | Entertainment
Shira Lazar

Pulling inspiration from Skylar Grey's Don't Look Down album cover caption contest, we challenged the singer/songwriter to our own version of the challenge, asking her to brainstorm the best captions for some of Reddit's most-shared images right now.

After Three Decades A Crystal Clear Classic Still Soothes Broken Hearts

Brian Levin, J.D. | Posted 01.29.2013 | Entertainment
Brian Levin, J.D.

Sometimes the stories behind the music world's most memorable songs can be almost as compelling as the tunes themselves. Such is the case with Crystal Gayle's 1977 "Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue," an incredibly beautiful song that peaked exactly 35 years ago this week.

Casey Abrams Performs "Stuck in London" LIVE, Brings Organic Soul Pop to New Album

Shira Lazar | Posted 01.13.2013 | Entertainment
Shira Lazar

Singer, songwriter and multi-talented musician Casey Abrams performs his original tune "Stuck in London" and answers fan questions about his mesmerizing beard, his relationship with Haley Reinhart, the evolution of his music for his latest self-titled album and upcoming tours.

Michelle Branch Transitions From Music to Food With New Cooking Web Series

Shira Lazar | Posted 01.09.2013 | Home
Shira Lazar

Michelle Branch may be best known as a Grammy-winning singer-songwriter, but she's also a foodie at heart who's passionate about cooking and baking.

Music Legend Hal David Passes, But His Lyrics Still Resonate

Brian Levin, J.D. | Posted 11.02.2012 | Entertainment
Brian Levin, J.D.

Lyricists, often a forgotten footnote, breathe life and meaning into a melody. It is the lyrics that tie the emotion of both the music and the singer entrusted to it, to deliver a message that can touch our hearts, something few can rarely accomplish.

Easy Listener: Today's Must-Know Songwriters and Their Must-Have CDs

David Finkle | Posted 03.28.2012 | Home
David Finkle

Songs at the moment boasting lyrics that can be considered sophisticated, witty, psychologically complex, romantically adult, maturely silly are few and far between.

Jim Morrison: Great American Poet?

Posted 07.29.2013 | Books

From The Poetry Foundation By Daniel Nester There are two kinds of people in this world: those who think the Doors are a hokey caricature of m...

How to Write a Song: For Writer's Block or Beginners

Ruth Gerson | Posted 09.07.2011 | Arts
Ruth Gerson

From: San Francisco Vocal Coaching's "Singing, Songwriting and Performance" Class (I've also taught it at Princeton University.) How To Write A Song,...

Lost and Found Brings New Year, Same David Gray

Jon Chattman | Posted 09.04.2011 | Entertainment
Jon Chattman

What a difference a year doesn't make. Last summer, I sat down with David Gray in SoHo and discussed his new album and tour. Last Friday, I chatted...

Raging Against The Machine: Tom Morello's Nightwatchman Persona

Michael Gilmour | Posted 08.21.2011 | Religion
Michael Gilmour

With all the rhetorical force and righteous anger of the prophets, the Nightwatchman's biblically literate activism rails against the individuals and institutions responsible for the plight of the needy

"All or Nothing at All"

Rick Carnes | Posted 08.01.2011 | Technology
Rick Carnes

Policy makers have struggled for over a decade to find the proper fix for the problems presented by rogue piracy websites and now with the PROTECT IP Bill they are taking some first steps.

Marsha Ambrosius: Late Night Lessons in Love and Loss

Marlynn Snyder | Posted 05.28.2011 | Entertainment
Marlynn Snyder

Most of the tracks on Late Nights sound like deeply reflective, emotion-soaked remembrances, best listened to in the twilight hours (with maybe a little cognac on the side).

'Anonymous' Attacks Songwriters

Rick Carnes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Rick Carnes

The hacker group known as 'Anonymous' launched a denial of service attack on the website of Broadcast Music Inc. It misconstrues the history and service to music culture that BMI has performed over the last 73 years.

Singer/Songwriter Sean Rowe Makes Magic

Jon Chattman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jon Chattman

2011-02-16-seanrowe.jpg It wasn't until Sean was 17-years-old and discovered Otis Redding that he was so inspired to take the lead vocal.

PHOTOS: Carole Bayer Sager's Abstract Paintings On View At LA Art House

Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts

WHO: Singer/Composer Carole Bayer Sager turns her talents to the canvas in a surprisingly rich debut of Abstract Oil Paintings WHAT: Generations - N...

Kate Nash Talks Tour, Music, and Muppets?

Jon Chattman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jon Chattman

2010 has been exciting and extremely busy for Nash, who released her sophomore album My Best Friend is Youand toured to support it for the better part of the year.

David Gray Goes 'Foundling' in SoHo

Jon Chattman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jon Chattman

David Gray's honest lyrics and smooth, crisp sound have melted hearts and mesmerized us for over a decade now. I recently spoke with Gray and asked him about putting his new album together.

A New Age of Dis-Connectivity in Music

Rick Carnes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Rick Carnes

Back when the big labels were rolling in money they could afford to invest in diversity in their catalogs. Now the business has been reduced to 'crank up the computer and crank out another track' exactly like the last hit.

Net Neutrality -- Can We Trust the FCC Not to Censor the Internet?

Rick Carnes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Rick Carnes

The history of the FCC is replete with examples of attempts to apply decency rules and censorship to content. Should we believe that 'this time it's different?'

The Business of Music II - A Look at the Artist-as-Entrepreneur

Mike Ragogna | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

If your goal is the stereotypical rock or pop fantasy, then your dreams might be best realized with a major label. But if your goal is for financial and creative success, other smart models and mindsets are becoming available.

GET A REAL JOB!

Rick Carnes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Rick Carnes

As songwriters we all face a common enemy; the blank page. Nothing is more terrifying. Each new day we sit down and try to invent our future through...

The Newest Old Business Trend

Avital Andrews | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Avital Andrews

Tithing -- offering a percentage of income for a cause -- dates back to the Old Testament. And lately its popularity is surging in the business world.

Vic Mizzy Dead: 'Addams Family'

AP | RAQUEL MARIA DILLON | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment

LOS ANGELES — Vic Mizzy, a songwriter who composed the catchy themes for the 1960s sit-coms "The Addams Family" and "Green Acres," has died. He ...

The Unknown, Famous Leiber and Stoller

Robert J. Elisberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Robert J. Elisberg

Mike Stoller and his writing partner Jerry Leiber are a songwriting team for which the description "legendary" was coined. Even if their names are not familiar to you, you've heard their music.